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Volkswagen Touran Review 2023

The Volkswagen Touran is a compact multi-purpose vehicle that's perfect for a large family. Coming with a spacious interior, a seven-seat configuration, and reliable performance, the Touran offers a practical driving experience.

Rivals to the Volkswagen Touran include the Citroen e-Berlingo, Toyota Proace Verso, and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Our Volkswagen Touran review covers:

Volkswagen Touran Key Features

  • Typical VW grille with large rear doors
  • Well-built interior and a logical dashboard
  • 137-litre boot with all seven seats in place
  • A 1.5-litre petrol engine is available
  • Three trim levels: SE Family, SEL, R-Line

Volkswagen Touran Pros and Cons:


  • Good space and practicality
  • Great to drive for an MPV
  • Logical dashboard


  • Rivals offer a better range of engines
  • Sat-nav doesn't come as standard
  • Boring design

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Volkswagen Tourer is one of the better-looking multi-purpose vehicles on the market. It has a typical VW front grille, roof rack, and huge doors at the rear for access.

Inside the Tourer, there's plenty of passenger space in all three rows. Those sitting up front are treated to plenty of leg and headroom, arguably the best in its class. In the rear, access is good through the wide-opening doors, and even two adults will be comfortable on the third row.

Volkswagen Touran exterior

There are also loads of storage options inside the Touran. There are up to 47 storage compartments, including folding tray tables, sliding drawers under the front seats, and large door bins.  

With all seven seats in place, the Touran comes with a 137-litre boot. If you don't need the third row, fold them flat to increase boot space to 917 litres. You can also fold the second row flat to reveal a massive 1,857-litre boot, perfect for transporting large goods.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the Touran won't blow you away with its quality, but it will serve you well. There's a good mixture of soft-touch plastics and nice textures, and the dashboard is logically laid out, which is ideal if you've got a busy car.

On the dashboard, you get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, DAB radio, and Volkswagen's sat-nav system. If you want more tech, upgrade to SEL and R-Line, and you'll get a 10.25-inch digital driver's display and smartphone connectivity.

Three trims are available for the Volkswagen Touran: SE Family, SEL, R-Line.

The entry-level SE Family comes with 16-inch wheels, a silver roof rail, a panoramic sunroof, an eight-speaker sound system, three-zone climate control, and various driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection, and front and rear parking sensors.

SEL adds to this with 17-inch wheels, a digital cockpit pro 10.25-inch high-resolution dash display with customisable menus and information, wireless app-connect, and front fog lights with static cornering function.

R-Line completes the line-up with 18-inch wheels, a race seat centre section, San Remo microfibre side bolsters, halogen clear headlights, and chrome side window surrounds.

Power and Performance

One engine is available for the Tourer, a 1.5-litre petrol unit. It comes with 148bhp, achieves 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, and returns a fuel economy of 42.2mpg.

It comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, which offers punchy acceleration even with seven passengers on board.

Volkswagen Touran interior

Even for a compact MPV, the Touran is pretty good to drive. Its steering is well-weighted and predictable, and there's plenty of grip when cornering. Whether driving around town or on the motorway, the Touran feels stable and gives you confidence behind the wheel.

In terms of suspension, the Touran handles itself well over most surfaces, easily tackling bumps in the road and potholes. Even if you go for the larger 18-inch wheels, you'll still find that the suspension fits the bill.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volkswagen Touran start from £36,270.00 OTR* or to lease from £417.92 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Touran? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest car leasing brokers and offer various leasing deals to suit your every need.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Volkswagen Touran
Average Rating Based on 3 reviews
4.2 out of 5

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4.9 out of 5
James Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 SE Family

Very roomy, comfortable to drive for long journeys. Excellent fuel consumption.

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4.1 out of 5
Simon Volkswagen Touran 1.4 TSI SEL DSG

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3.7 out of 5
Julian Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI SE

The vehicle continues to serve us as a family very well. Next time we will look to obtain a slightly smaller vehicle (family estate) with a lower monthly cost

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